Steps Walk raises $3,000 for local non-profits

Despite an incredibly blustery spring day, 60 walkers raised $3,000 for the Phoenix Philanthropy Club’s 10th annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk Saturday, April 9. The Steps Walk helps UWGB students develop important leadership skills as they research community needs, interview charities, and organize the entire event. All proceeds are donated to a selected group of nonprofit organizations. This year, The Einstein Project, New Leaf Foods Inc. and the Freedom House are the beneficiaries. Over the 10 years of the walk/run, students have raised more than $78,000 for local charities selected by students.

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Steps Walk

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Calling all ‘Warriors’ for the Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay American Fisheries Society (AFS) and fisheries students have teamed up as the “UWGB Water Warriors” to help organize the 2016 Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

Organized by the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance, the Watershed cleanup will take place in various locations along the Wolf River in New London, Lake Winnebago, Lake Butte des Morts, the banks of the Fox River up to the bay of Green Bay.

Volunteers will receive a cleanup t-shirt and supplies, and learn about the watershed and ways to protect water resources by working together as a team. All volunteers are welcome to attend a free lunch and afternoon of live music from the band Dead Horses from noon to 2 p.m. at a cleanup picnic at the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance headquarters, 1000 N. Ballard Road, Appleton.

The Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cost effective ways to improve water quality in Northeast Wisconsin. Among other initiatives, members of the organization work towards a sustainable supply of groundwater and drinking water, sustainable and natural fish communities and sustainable business practices in harmony and in support of the environment.

Green Bay area clean-up sites include:

Green Bay

East River Emilie Park
East River Meyer Park
East River Optimist Park
East River Van Beaver Park
Fox River State Recreational Trail
Leicht Memorial Park


Ashwaubomay River Trail


Green Isle Park
East River Parkway
Wiese Family Park
Kiwanis Park

De Pere

Voyage Park and Fox River State Rec Trail

Other sites include Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Appleton, High Cliff State Park, Calumet County Park, Menasha, Neenah, New London, Oshkosh, Winneconne and Fond du Lac.

To join the team and get registered at a clean up site:

For more information on the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance: or


Weidner temporary ‘home’ for frogs, butterflies and friends

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will be the host venue of a special 25th Anniversary Gallery for The Einstein Project, May 5, 2016. And in the meantime, the Weidner also has the privilege of providing “gallery space” for the beautiful creations known as “Butterflies and Friends.” Annually, the butterflies, frogs, turtles, and other critters, created by Wisconsin artists, are displayed downtown Green Bay and then auctioned with proceeds benefiting The Einstein Project — an organization dedicated to providing affordable and engaging science materials and teacher training to advance science knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for learning in our local schools. This year, Kate Green, Executive Director of the Weidner, offered the venue as a logical place for the critters to land. Get a close-up look in this gallery by University photographer/videographer Dan Moore, or take a field trip to the Weidner Center, and see for yourself. The lobby is open 90 minutes prior to any Weidner event, and visitors are welcome at that time.  Next up is Saturday, Jan. 30 for the performance of Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny.  The lobby opens at 9:30 a.m.  Find the full schedule of events online at

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Butterflies and Friends in Weidner Center

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

Stockbridge, Wis. villiage officials posing with UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

Stockpiling ideas: Planning students aid Stockbridge

Students in the Urban and Regional Planning theory course taught by Prof. Marcelo Cruz traveled to the Calumet County village of Stockbridge Wednesday night to share with the Village Board ideas for the community’s future development.

Posing with village officials were four UW-Green Bay students from the Urban and Regional Studies program, from left: Michael Dreckschmidt, Samantha Champine, Casey Murphy and Courtney Maye.

The students have worked all semester long to create a community profile for the village by meeting with village officials and visiting the community.  Cruz says the students enjoyed the hands-on experience applying what they learned in class to a practical case study.  The project was set in motion when village board member Greg Zickuhr contacedt Cruz last spring to ask if UW-Green Bay could help the village explore visions for the future. Cruz and his students consulted with the village board back in early October to develop a community profile to be used in the visioning exercise.

Pages from 2015.12.Stockbridge-Wis-Community-profile-webThe student report presented Wednesday notes the challenges Stockbridge faces, in terms of an aging population, relatively little retail and what would appear to be a comparatively high rate of vacant housing. It also notes advantages including a rural character, great natural resources with a setting overlooking Lake Winnebago, a rich history, a location that is close (but not too close) to larger population centers, and the fact the availability of rental units could be a plus for tourism- or retirement-related purposes. For a look at the student’s final report, see the Stockbridge: Resilience through Openness A Wisconsin Community Profile.

UW-Green Bay games studies students host video brawl for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay games studies students raised nearly $800 for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in a creative initiative they termed “UWGB Jingle Brawl 2015.” Throughout the day, students hosted various video game tournaments, held a raffle, demonstrated tabletop games, monitored community play-throughs, and gave away prizes. Admission was free and the event was held in the University Union, UWGB.

“Far and away the most popular game was Super Smash Bros. Wii U,” said UWGB Communication Prof. Bryan Carr. “It drew a lot of competitors and spectators (more than any other tournament); we also had a group of students set up an older version of the game to play too. The Guitar Hero Live station was busy all day and we also got a lot of mileage out of Mario Kart 8 and Just Dance (we even had professors dancing to the game live online). Also popular was the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System setup — someone was constantly playing Mario or Mega Man. And of course, Green Bay being a football town, we got a few Madden players too.”

Carr said there was steady traffic all day — both UWGB students and families who were on campus for ‘Tis the Season or other events. There was a request for more events of its type in the future.

Students were excited and engaged in the project from the start, Carr remarked, and really looked forward to using video games in a positive way to serve the community.

UWGB’s new, interdisciplinary emphasis in game studies focuses on the business, theory, and philosophy behind the video games and the video game industry. Carr says the game studies program hopes to broaden students’ perspectives and critically analyze video games as a newly emerging academic subject.

The public can continue to help the students with this cause. Donations are open until the end of the year here.

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UWGB Jingle Brawl 2015

– Photos by Justin Allard, UW-Green Bay Student

UWGB empoyees dropping off school supplies at Jefferson Elementary School

School Supply Drive

The UW-Green Bay Holiday Parade Committee won the Mayor’s Award for best float originality in the 2015 Green Bay Holiday Parade, but the real winners were local children who benefited from the campus donations of school supplies collected by the committee. UW-Green Bay’s committee themed its float “Every time a bell rings, a Phoenix gets its wings.” The theme of the parade was “Sounds of the Season.” The committee ties the annual event into a service opportunity for campus. This year’s beneficiary from campus members and local businesses were Phuture Phoenix partners Jefferson Elementary of Green Bay and Abrams Elementary, Oconto Falls.  The gallery features members of the committee that were able to sneak away to deliver the supplies to Jefferson with Phuture Phoenix staff Mary Sue Lavin and Zachary Taylor. Also pictured is Jefferson Principal Marchelle Moten, and committee members showing off a bulletin board featuring UWGB and the Phuture Phoenix program at the school entrance. The committee members express their appreciation to all who donated!

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School Supply Drive

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Breaking the ice to spread the rice

Researchers from UW-Green Bay had to break skim ice on a cold morning in mid-November to do it, but they took another big step in a grant-funded pilot project to restore native wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands to the lower bay.

Students, staff and faculty from UW-Green Bay’s Natural and Applied Sciences unit are behind the effort to seed areas near the mouth of Duck Creek as a first step in returning the desirable plants (for both birds and fish). UW-Green Bay received a $225,000 federal grant, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, to pursue the habitat improvements in the lee of the new Cat Island Chain breakwater. The work will establish what size plantings are optimal, at what water depths, and the best means (seeding or plugs).

“This is an amazingly unique project on a global scale,” Prof. Matt Dornbush told Wisconsin Public Radio. “This type of stuff really hasn’t been done. So what we’re hoping to do is really try to develop restoration strategies. How do you actually restore these marsh communities to an area this big?” The project will encompass 1,400 acres (more than two square miles), and will take three years.

Top photo: right to left:
· Brianna Kupsky, current ES&P graduate student who is leading the “rice project.”
· Josh Martinez, former ES&P graduate student, now a wildlife biologist with the DNR.
· John Huff: Natural Resources Area Supervisor with the DNR.

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Duck Creek Rice Planting - Nov. 17, 2015

– Photos by Reena Bowman, ES&P graduate student and Fish and Wildlife employee

Nutcracker scenery gets fresh look, strong UWGB commitment

Sugar Plum Fairy in Land of Sweets

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor of Theatre and Dance Jeff Entwistle, and a core of seven students, spent more than 60 hours working load-in and rehearsals recently for five performances of the Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization (NEWDO).

Portrait of Jeff Entwistle
Jeff Entwistle

These high impact learning experiences are ideal for UWGB students beyond the extensive production work that takes place on campus, says Entwistle. The Nutcracker crew began work, full steam ahead, on this expansive community project only one day after striking the major production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” from the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

UW-Green Bay faculty, students and alumni have proudly played a large part in this wonderful holiday production of the Nutcracker Ballet through the years. UWGB ballet instructor and alumnus, Tim Josephs, serves as artistic director and choreographer for NEWDO. In addition, theatre alumni, Wendy Huber (stage-manager) and Emily Terrell Paulsen (costume coordinator) have given their time and expertise to this production for many years. Entwistle and Josephs began working together on public performances some 30 years ago and hope for many future collaborations.

In this its 10th Anniversary year, the community production of the Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet was seen by more than 2,500 patrons. An additional cadre of UWGB theatre students assisted with load in, light hang, and strike, while others worked as “special dance wranglers.”

“It is such a positive experience for all our students involved with this production as they learn the value and importance of sharing one’s expertise with positive community arts organizations like the Green Bay School of Dance and NEWDO,” Entwistle says. “In turn they are treated like professionals while still in school thanks to the leadership of the NEWDO organization.”

Entwistle has been helping students with these rich and high impact learning opportunities since he started his career 31 years ago when offered a chance to design and build the very first set for the brand new regional Pamiro Opera Company.

“I had the opportunity to hire a crew of my students who would get paid a decent hourly rate and they could work with me so they would still be learning but they would also be paid for their services and gain an incredible experience,” Entwistle says. “We were not referring to these as high impact learning experiences back then, but we were thinking about them in precisely that way.” It was a model for Entwistle, his students and UWGB alumni for years to come.

Title Drop and Title Curtain ArchThe 10-year-old old scenery received a fresh look this year as many drops and large scenic props returned to its creation point — the UWGB Scene Shop — in summer for repainting and refreshing after being damaged in storage when water pipes burst last winter. The scenery is all back in storage once again awaiting next year’s 11th annual production year and offering even more high impact learning experiences for our UWGB Theatre and Dance students.

As for Entwistle, now embarking on his 32nd year, he wouldn’t change a thing.

“To this day some 12 years since the end of the Pamiro Opera Company, I still have alumni talk about those shows/operas as some of the most significant experiences they had while in college. I also got to stay with my family in Green Bay and I ended up getting paid even better than I would have at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago (a job offer he turned down to stay in Green Bay). It was two years after the last Pamiro Opera production that Tim (Josephs) and I struck up the idea to design and develop a production of Nutcracker that would hopefully (and eventually, has) become an annual event in Green Bay.”

Voices of Veterans: Capturing the oral history and spirit of Northeast Wisconsin veterans

UW-Green Bay students and veterans Ashley Wiles and Sean Gleason have important stories to share. In this case, they are not their own, but the personal, front-line accounts from veterans who served in the United States armed forces in times of conflict. These oral histories provide a personal narrative to future generations so that all can understand the sacrifices made and the realities of war throughout the generations.

The UWGB project originated in UWGB Professor Rebecca Meacham’s “Documenting Memory” class in consultation with University archivist Deb Anderson. While some students chose to work on the personal histories of elderly palliative care patients, for instance, Wiles and Gleason gravitated toward documenting the oral histories of veterans.

“They have been a part of history and their history is important,” said Gleason. “I want to encourage people to come out and share what they experienced, and I want them to know that it is for the benefit of everyone: historians, researchers, students, other family members, and other service members.”

Anderson’s help was crucial to the process, according to Gleason.

“Her knowledge and expertise really expanded the pool of knowledge that went into the Documenting Memory,” explained Gleason. “Deb also has impeccable networking skills and was able to help coordinate a large number of the interviews, and make contact with the narrators. She is responsible for the legal archival aspect that goes on behind the scenes, such as cataloging and storing the interviews, drafting and storing the release forms. She helped provide instruction on recording and transcribing interviews. She also coached and mentored students on how to best approach a variety of situations in the field.”

Gleason and Wiles hope to expand the physical and human resources to grow the project, and make it a more permanent part of UWGB culture, community and a resource that is widely accessible.

These are their voices…

Louis LeCalsey III – ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’

Louis LeCalsey

Duration: 3:36 | MP3

  • Force Recon Marine
  • Deployed: Cuban Missile Crisis, South America and Vietnam
  • Formerly Tufco’s President and CEO
  • First UWGB Men’s Soccer Coach
  • Currently the Chair of the UWGB Council of Trustees

Claude Bohn – ‘One Hell of a Party’

Claude Bohn

Duration: 3:17 | MP3

United States Marine Corps

  • Sworn in January 22, 1942
  • Marine Raider in Japan, China and Guadalcanal
  • Collected memorabilia and photos during deployment
  • Passed away July 11, 2015 — Rest in Peace, Semper Fidelis

Robert Skorczewski – ‘Coming Back’

Robert Skorczewski

Duration: 3:17 | MP3

United States Army

  • Enlisted in U.S. Army, Communications Security Repair Specialist in 1968
  • Military assignments include: White Sands Missile Range and Southern European Task Force, Italy
  • UWGB Veteran Services Counselor
  • Leader of UWGB Office of Outreach and Extension
    • Academic Staff Emeritus
    • Distance Learning; Lifelong Learning; Green Bay Correctional Institute Associate Degree Program; High School Extension

Jared Spude – ‘9-11 Story’

Jared Spude

Duration: 3:17 | MP3

Wisconsin Army National Guard

  • Received the Outstanding Student Award during his May 2015 Graduation ceremony from UWGB
  • Major in Political Science and Public Administration, graduated Suma Cum Laude
  • Combat veteran deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division as a joint forward observer
  • Instructor at Fort McCoy

Patricia Finder-Stone – ‘B-17 Infant Medical Rescue’

Patricia Finder-Stone

Duration: 3:17 | MP3

United States Air Force

  • Air Force Nurse during the Korean War
  • Served in Greenland
  • Psychiatric Nurse at Cook County Hospital
  • Member of League of Women Voters Board
  • Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging
  • UWGB Distinguished Alumni Award

Mark Brunette – ‘Turkey Deployment’

Mark Brunette

Duration: 3:17 | MP3

United States Air Force

  • UWGB Veterans Club President
  • Air Force Veteran, deployed to Turkey for the duration of Iran Hostage Crisis

Jack Christianson – ‘Flare Mission’

Jack Christianson

Duration: 2:06 | MP3

United States Navy

  • Attended Green Bay West High School
  • U.S. Naval pilot during the Korean War
  • Stationed in Guam and Hawaii
  • Flew 63 missions out of Okinawa

The people behind the Voices of Veteran’s Project seek to enhance the capabilities of students at UWGB to capture the stories of veterans within the community. The intent is to develop personnel and resources to permanently affix the the project as an endeavor of the student veterans of UWGB.

UWGB’s award-winning float

UW-Green Bay’s entry in the Green Bay Holiday Parade earned honors for the second straight year. UWGB’s small committee of determined volunteers received the Mayor’s Award for “most original.” UWGB’s float theme was “Every time a bell rings, a Phoenix gets its wings.” The theme of the parade was “Sounds of the Season.” In celebration of UWGB’s 50th Anniversary, UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller and Georgia Miller served as parade marshals. With help from the Green Bay dance and cheer teams, student-athletes, alumni, Phuture Phoenix and family of UWGB employees, more than 50 people marched together, handing out candy and celebrating with the projected 10,000 plus in attendance. The Parade Committee also used the float for a service opportunity, collecting hundreds of school supply donations from UWGB faculty, staff, students and administrators, and local businesses, which will be donated in the weeks ahead to students in the Green Bay public schools.

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2015 UWGB Holiday Parade Float

– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Office of Marketing and University Communication